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verb (v)

  • prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening (
    source: wordnet30
  • turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest (verb.motion)
    Synonym: bend, turn away
    source: wordnet30
  • turn aside and away from an initial or intended course (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • draw someone's attention away from something (verb.emotion)
    Synonym: distract
    He deflected his competitors.
    source: wordnet30
  • impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) (verb.competition)
    Synonym: block, parry
    source: wordnet30
  • To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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